The power to shape society, spark innovation and move culture. That’s what the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers to our entering freshman class each year. Combine your ideas, strengths and determination with our world-class faculty, rich diversity and location in the cultural and economic heart of the state. Your brilliant future will start to unfold. Ready to reveal your power as a new freshman at UWM?

APPLICATION REVIEW

To provide high quality educational opportunity for students, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions admits students whose academic preparation, background and personal experience suggest that they will succeed at the institution, benefit from that educational experience, and contribute to the educational environment.

Freshman applicants are evaluated through a comprehensive, individualized review process and students with a wide range of academic achievement and personal experience are offered admission at all three UWM campuses.  The following factors are considered as part of the comprehensive review process:

Academic Preparation

Your academic performance in the classroom is the most important factor in the review of your application. We carefully consider the pattern and rigor of your high school coursework, class rank (if available), overall GPA and grades in specific courses related to your intended major at UWM. The most competitive candidates for admission to UWM typically surpass these unit requirements.

  • English: 4 units
  • Math (Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 or equivalent): 3 units
  • Natural Science: 3 units
  • Social Science: 3 units
  • Academic Electives: 4 units
    • Typical electives include a combination of extra courses in the above subjects, arts, music, computer science, foreign language or business
Performance on ACT or SAT - (Optional)

If you choose to submit test scores, performance on the ACT or SAT is only one factor considered in the admission process. In addition to your composite score, we also consider your sub-scores in the area(s) (English, math, reading, science) that closely relate to your intended major at UWM. While the writing portion of the ACT is not required, we will consider these results if you wish to submit them.

Additional Information

We want to know more about you beyond your academic record and test results! Other factors considered in the review process include, but are not limited to, student experiences, work experience, leadership qualities, motivation, community service, special talents, etc. This information is collected when you complete the application.  The essay is where you answer the prompt and tell your story.  Letters of recommendation are not required but will be considered should you choose to send them.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications will be considered for admission after an application and required supporting documents have been submitted.  Please use the information below to complete your application file.  If you have questions, you can connect with your Admissions Advisor.  You can also contact our office directly by phone at
(414) 229-2222 or via email at undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu.

Online Application and Fee

Freshman students can now apply using either the UW System application or the Common App. Are you applying exclusively to UWM or UW System schools? The UW System application will provide an expedited experience. If you are applying to UWM and other schools outside of the UW System, the Common App will be most helpful.

The application fee is $25. Need-based fee waivers are available for those who qualify.

Application Essay

The application essay is completed before you submit your application through either the UW-System Application or Common Application.  This is your opportunity to tell your story by responding to the following prompt:

Tell us about something you’ve done — academically or personally — and what you’ve learned from it. Was it a success or a challenge? Did it represent a turning point in your life? How did this particular moment in your life influence you, and how will it continue to influence you as you pursue your college education?

The essay should include:

  • Any academic and personal hurdles and/or challenges you’d like us to know about in the context of your application
  • Any information that is inclusive of your family or your community experiences

Before you submit your essay, please make sure to:

  • Check your spelling and grammar
  • Ask someone to proofread your final version
  • Include 250-650 words
High School Transcripts

Official or unofficial high school transcripts may be submitted for initial application review.  You may choose to upload your unofficial transcripts when completing the UW-System application. Unofficial transcripts can also be emailed to undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu for review.

Admission decisions are conditional until an official final high school transcript is submitted after high school graduation. Official transcripts can be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions through an approved electronic service or via mail to:

UWM Admissions
PO Box 749
Milwaukee WI 53201-0749

ACT or SAT Scores (Optional)

UW-System institutions, including UWM, are not requiring applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the application process this year.  UWM will consider applicants for admission with or without one of these standardized test scores.  On the application, students will be able to indicate whether or not they intend to send an ACT or SAT score to be reviewed with their application.  Students who plan to send test scores can submit official scores directly from the testing service, self-report their test scores on the Common Application, or or complete the electronic self-reported test scores form.

To send scores directly from the testing service, select UW-Milwaukee as recipients (ACT school code: 4658; SAT school code: 1473)

 

ADMISSION DECISIONS

Updates to your admissions status, including your admission decision, will be communicated via email and mail.  Soon after we receive your application, we will mail you information about how to check the status of your application online, via our PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) student information system. Through your PAWS account, you can track your application progress, such as what documents are required to complete your application. When your file is complete it will be reviewed through our comprehensive, individualized review process.  It may take up to 3 weeks to receive your decision during peak times.  Potential outcomes may include:

  • Direct admission to your campus of choice
  • A request for additional information to be sent
  • Denied admission to the Milwaukee campus with an offer of admission to either the Waukesha or Washington County campuses
  • Denied admission

 

Common Questions

What is a completed application file?

A completed application file consists of:

  • an application
  • an official high school transcript
  • your ACT or SAT scores
  • $25 application processing fee.

Upon submission of your materials, you will be mailed directions to access your PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) account to check the status of your application. Because you may submit your application for admission to UWM while you are still enrolled in high school, after you have graduated you will also need to receive a final high school transcript with your final semester grades and graduation date posted.

Do I have to take the ACT or SAT?

UW-System institutions, including UWM, are not requiring applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the application process this year.  UWM will consider applicants for admission with or without one of these standardized test scores.  On the application, students will be able to indicate whether or not they intend to send an ACT or SAT score to be reviewed with their application.  Students who plan to send test scores can submit official scores directly from the testing service, self-report their test scores on the Common Application, or complete electronic the Self-Reported Test Scores form.

Performance on standardized tests is only one factor considered in the admission process. While the writing portion of the ACT is not required, we will consider these results if you wish to submit them. In addition to your composite score, we also consider your sub-scores in the area(s) (English, math, reading, science) that closely relate to your intended major at UWM. Submission of ACT/SAT results is never required of freshman applicants age 21 or older. 

As always, our Admissions Advisors are available to answer questions!

When will a decision be made on my application?
Once an application file is complete, including application fee and all relevant documents, you may expect to receive a decision in approximately 3-4 weeks.
Can I defer admission or change the semester for which I would like to enroll?
Yes. If you are changing your term of entry to UWM from one semester to another, complete the Term Change Request form
How can I have the application review committee reconsider my application for admission if I am denied?
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review requests for reconsideration on a case-by-case basis.  Please follow the steps outlined in the Admission Reconsideration Policy if you wish to have your application reconsidered.
How do I apply for on-campus housing?
All newly admitted first-year students are automatically granted contract access to live in University Housing. Contract access is emailed to students approximately two weeks after they are admitted, starting in mid-October. Students will complete their contract online at www.uwm.edu/myhousing. The priority date for completing a University Housing Contract is May 1 (December 1 for Spring Admits), and assignments are made by random lottery, which takes into account certain preferences (Living Learning Community, Room Type, Roommate, etc.) made by the student at the time they complete their contract.

UW-Milwaukee does have a Residency Policy which states that all first-time students under the age of 21 are expected to live on-campus, where availability allows. There are a few valid reasons to be exempt from this policy. For more information on the process to request an exemption, visit:https://uwm.edu/housing/students/residency-requirement/.  

What if I have financial aid questions?
First, please visit fafsa.ed.gov for information on applying for financial aid. Then if you have more specific questions, contact the Financial Aid Department at 414-229-4541 or finaid@uwm.edu
Do I have to take placement tests? What would happen if I did not take placement tests?
Yes, all new incoming freshmen are required to take University of Wisconsin System placement tests so you will be placed in the appropriate level classes.

For students attending UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County, you must take your placement tests at your intended campus  because the essay component is not offered elsewhere.

If students do not take placement tests, you will not be invited to the Student Advising and Registration program (New Student Orientation). This means you would not be able to register for classes.

Additional resources

Mailing Address

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 749
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0749

Street Address

Welcome Center
2100 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211